Dry Bones is a dead Koopa Troopa that has withered into bones. They attack by throwing bones at Mario or his partner. They can also rebuild more Dry Bones if one has been defeated or if they're alone. Because of how dried out their bones are, they take heavy damage when attacked with a bomb or fire attack. In Paper Mario, one Fire Flower will instantly kill all Dry Bones in the area. These enemies can also get back up even after they're dead. The only way to permanently kill them is to use a fire attack or bomb attack. Ironically, in Super Mario Bros 3, using a Fire Flower against one had no effect. They are part of Bowser's Army but have been defeated more than once. In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Dry Bones work the same way they did in the previous games, but they can be killed permanently by smashing them with an unstable wall.


  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Dry Bones are stronger then Dull Bones, but in Super Paper Mario it is the opposite.
  • In Super Paper Mario they can not throw bones but Dull Bones and Dark Bones do.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, a Dry Bones with blue shoes turns out to be Kolarado's dead father.
  • PM3DS13

    As they appear in Paper Mario: Sticker Star

    Dry Bones had had a unique look in Paper Mario compared to other renditions, but was given the Super Mario series look in PMSS and PMCS.
  • In Super Paper Mario, the Dry Bones only attacks the player by chasing them.
  • They have many siblings such as Dull Bones, Red Bones, and the Dark Bones.
  • Once down it's best to use Bobbery's Bomb attacks to make sure they don't get up anymore.
  • In Paper Mario it can't be killed by a bu mp attack under normal circumstances.

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